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Users with accounts on the HonestGamers site are able to contribute reviews and occasionally other types of content. Below, you'll find excerpts from as many as 20 of the most recent articles posted by bside. Be sure to leave some feedback if you find anything interesting!

Type: Review
Game: Big Bang Mini (DS)
Posted: November 05, 2009 (11:32 AM)
Writing about Big Bang Mini in five hundred words is a little like creating a football-playing octopus spliced with DNA from Beckham and Pele, dropping a sack of balls at its boot-clad tentacles then confining it to a four-foot cubed room. You need a certain depth, a certain room to breathe, to fully appreciate the unfolding insanity. Otherwise, all you get is muddy footprints on the wallpaper.
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Type: Review
Game: Pass Your Driving Theory Test (DS)
Posted: April 19, 2009 (09:59 AM)
Gentlemen -- and ladies, if such a thing truly exists on the internet -- the times, they are a changiní. Somewhere along the line, someone decided that handheld consoles werenít really meant as gaming machines anymore. And that someone was Nintendo.

Type: Review
Game: Armored Core 4 (Xbox 360)
Posted: January 20, 2008 (12:32 PM)
I stood on the lip of a craggy shoreline as ballistic missiles screamed towards my position. My mission was to safeguard the understaffed military headquarters that stood behind me. Set against the velvet backdrop of the night sky, they falter under the onslaught of bullets, rockets and pulsing laser blasts, their explosions causing a breath-taking chain effect as other missiles caught in the vicinity of their blast radius detonated early. The base I protect offer assurance...
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Type: Review
Game: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)
Posted: November 30, 2007 (03:52 PM)
My professional obligations completed, I forgot about Hourglass. It's easily done because, as I alluded to earlier, it's crap. But now, bollocks to it, I'm going to tell you why.

Type: Review
Game: The Great Waldo Search (Genesis)
Posted: December 14, 2006 (01:15 PM)
Thisíll be over quick. It won't be pretty.
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Type: Review
Game: Bone: Out from Boneville (Miscellaneous)
Posted: September 08, 2006 (10:40 AM)
While Bone: Out from Boneville lasts, it's an engaging and humorous experience that manages to entertain a wide spectrum of audiences.
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Type: Review
Game: The Legend of Dragoon (PlayStation)
Posted: July 09, 2006 (09:53 PM)
When Legend of Dragoon made its way onto the PSX RPG scene, Sony foolishly billed it as a Final Fantasy killer. Gathered together in angered hoards, FF fanatics lit their burning torches and waddled aggressively through the streets, rioting and looting Cheeto stores nation-wide. "This is no Final Fantasy!" some cried while others sobbed over their Sephiroth plushies; it was a dark day, but somewhere behind all the rantings and unbridled hate, a game somehow got forgotten.
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Type: Review
Game: Tenchi Muyou! Game-Hen (SNES)
Posted: November 20, 2005 (07:22 AM)
I find myself admitting that the anime that this game is based upon entertained me, being rather brainless fun that made me laugh from time to time. So when I spied a Snes game, I thought I might as well give it a go; it couldn't hurt to try and seeing as I am a huge fan of turn based strategies anyway, a genre this game happily falls into, my resolve was strengthened.
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Type: Review
Game: Monsterseed (PlayStation)
Posted: October 25, 2005 (12:13 PM)
They could see me coming. They always could. Waft an unknown RPG in my direction, and watch as the saying "a fool and his money are quickly parted" is proved correct. I'd never heard of Monsterseed, yet there it sat on the shelf, looking cheap and purchasable. I bought it. God help me, I bought it.
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Type: Review
Game: Shining Soul (Game Boy Advance)
Posted: September 17, 2005 (07:06 PM)
I won't even try and hide the fact that I have a soft-spot for the Shining franchise; it would be pointless and if day-time chat shows have taught me anything, it is to be proud of who I am - and I am a Shining fan. So when I spied a Shining game for my pristine and newly-purchased GBA, I didn't even pause to lay down the cash. I knew nothing of the game pre-release, I admit, so when I managed to steal myself away somewhere quiet and slid the cart anxiously into the game slot, what followed the ...
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Type: Review
Game: Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (Genesis)
Posted: August 18, 2005 (07:28 PM)
It's the 25th century, and as you would expect, much has changed. Space travel is a reality, and the Earth's surrounding planets have not only been terraformed, but found supporting their own respective lifeforms and even the various groups of asteroids that float willy-nilly around the solar system now have established colonies springing from them. Humanity has grown beyond the boundaries of the Earth - which is just as well, seeing as it is close to uninhabitable, thanks to the toxic dump it h...
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Type: Review
Game: Shining in the Darkness (Genesis)
Posted: August 08, 2005 (07:36 PM)
An early console roleplaying game, my time with Shining in the Darkness may cruelly reveal my age, but it was a founding game in my RPG history and the architect of all things Shining - one of the bigger and better-known serials and a jewel in SEGA's crown. Much as nostalgia attempts to lend me its rose-tinted specs in this case, I shall do what I can to remain objective -- as always, my concerned reader, as always.
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Type: Review
Game: Koudelka (PlayStation)
Posted: July 17, 2005 (07:21 AM)
I'm a bit of a sucker for the overlooked RPGs, and although this has lead me to many an obscure experience, it also gives me the chance to enjoy games that others have overlooked. I first heard and became interested in Koudelka around the time of its release, the press releases promising quite a unique experience, although it wasn't till several years later that I managed to procure myself a copy. It was a game that had long stuck in my mind, a mixture of RPG and survival horror, and bein...

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